Evangelical Indifference to Unity

Our nation can be restored to its Christian cultural roots if evangelicals form a united political and cultural front. A major principle of war asserts that the employment of resources piecemeal will result in defeat. Victory requires unifying forces so as to achieve a common objective by implementing a joint strategy. Imagine if during WWII each of the allied countries fought the war independently. We would now all be speaking German or Japanese, if we were speaking at all.

Currently evangelicals are losing the culture war. Think of how far the LGBT agenda has been advanced over the last several decades and how deeply it has become entrenched in our culture. We may take some comfort in the election of Pres. Trump, but these trends are far from being reversed, and apart from a unified evangelical front they probably never will be.

I live in North Carolina where House Bill 2, protecting businesses from being forced to open bathrooms and shower rooms to transgenders, has been met by a unified assaults from the Left including then president Obama, big business, the NCAA, etc.

The NCAA punished North Carolina for the bill by moving one March Madness venue from Greensboro, NC, to Greenville, S C. Some speculate that this change of location may have contributed to Duke’s second round loss, though they were the favored team, since the Greensboro site would have been a virtual home game for them while Greenville comprised a virtual home game for their opponents, the South Carolina Gamecocks.

It is easy for citizens to give up the cultural fight for decency when confronted by these kinds of coordinated attacks, especially when evangelicals are not mounting corresponding unified campaigns.

Though it is difficult to identify the number of evangelicals in America because the definition of “evangelical” is so fluid, 15% is a reasonable figure. That would mean that of America’s approximately 300 million population, evangelicals would comprise about 45 million people, of which at least 30 million would be of voting and buying age.

Imagine how much better evangelical prospects of winning cultural battles would be if on any given issue our cultural enemies would be confronted by a united 15% business or political loss. Since most elections are won or lost by a much smaller percentage than that, this cumulative effort would wield a lot of power for cause of righteousness.

The American Family Association has conducted a boycott against Target because of their bathroom policies that has amassed almost 1.5 million signers. Target, despite evidence to the contrary, claims that this boycott has not hurt your bottom line. The efforts of American Family Association are commendable, but imagine how much more effective this effort would be with over 30 million commitments to the boycott.

But why do I say evangelicals are indifferent to unity? The short answer is that the available evidence points in that direction. Below I mention people and groups whom I consider to be contemporary bastions of the faith. My purpose in naming them is not to speak ill of them, but to demonstrate the point of this article, which cannot be done otherwise.

I have tremendous admiration for Franklin Graham, who has stood at the front of the battle and taken substantial incoming fire for doing so. He possesses the battle scars to prove it. Likewise, Tony Perkins has taken his place on the front lines. The Southern Baptist Convention has been assaulted by the media for publicly espousing a biblical position on cultural issues. So also with the Assemblies of God denomination. These are good people and organizations doing a good job.

My concern, however, consists of a lack of visible initiative on their part to provide a unified front. Imagine if Franklin Graham and Tony Perkins combined their organizational efforts on cultural issues, and if they could attract the almost countless other evangelical parachurch ministries to join them. Imagine if the Southern Baptist Convention and the Assemblies of God joined in defending and advancing the cause of righteousness in our nation, and if in so doing they would be able to attract the many other evangelical denominations and independent churches in this effort. Think of the potential in fighting the culture war if these united parachurch organizations linked their efforts with the denominational and church movement.

To my knowledge, no such efforts toward forming a unified front are being made.

I am convinced that with the type of coordinated approach described above many objectives considered unthinkable at present such as outlawing abortion in the United States and restoring Bible reading and prayer to public schools could be achieved. It is difficult to imagine that only a little over a half-century ago these practices were part of our culture. Their restoration is only unthinkable because of the splintered evangelical approach to fighting the culture war that has left us powerless, flailing about to stop the juggernaut of the Left with little effect.

I have communicated with evangelical leaders regarding the need for unity, but to my knowledge there has been no movement in that direction to date. The good news is that the evangelical community possesses the potential to win the culture war. The challenge resides in getting evangelical leaders to join together so that we can effectively employ that potential.

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